DHL HEIR ARRESTED FOR DRUGS ON GUAM

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By Gaynor Dumat-ol Daleno

HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Sept. 27) – An heir to the wealth of the late DHL co-founder Larry Hillblom spent time in a Guam jail this past weekend on drug charges and for allegedly trying to bribe a police officer.

Junior Larry Hillbroom, 21, posted $5,000 bail yesterday afternoon after his arrest on Saturday Assistant Attorney General Lewis Littlepage, said.

Hillbroom was driving a red Nissan Frontier 4x4 in Dededo when he was stopped after he was seen allegedly driving at a high speed and failing to signal at a turn, according to a written declaration filed by Littlepage.

After a pat-down, Hillbroom was arrested in connection with possession of suspected marijuana. During a search, a plastic straw containing a suspected amphetamine-based substance was found in his pants pocket, the court document states.

A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of an improvised glass pipe with suspected amphetamine residue, according to the prosecutor's declaration. The confiscated items tested presumptive positive for crystal methamphetamine and for marijuana, according to the court document.

Hillbroom allegedly initially refused to exit his truck after he was stopped, and was quoted in the prosecution-filed court document as having told Police Officer II Brian D. Awa: "I have enough money to own you."

After a search of Hillbroom's truck, the document alleges, "Junior Larry Hillbroom offered money to Officer Awa in return for letting him go and returning the suspected amphetamine."

Guam attorney David Lujan, who also was a lead attorney in Hillbroom's legal battle to claim part of the Hillblom fortune, represented Hillbroom in court yesterday afternoon. Lujan was unavailable for comment as of press time.

As part of the conditions for his release, Hillbroom must report weekly to the court probation office and submit to drug testing, Littlepage said.

Hillbroom, whose name is misspelled in birth documents in Palau, where he was born, was the first of eight children brought forward as the offspring Hillblom allegedly fathered during alleged affairs with teenage girls in the Philippines, Vietnam and Palau, according to court papers.

Genetic testing trimmed the list of qualified heirs to four children, court papers state.

Hillbroom was 11 when the court fight for pieces of the Hillblom estate began and, under a 1999 court order, he stood to receive $23 million out of the Hillblom estate, valued at more than $400 million, according to Pacific Daily News files.

When the 52-year-old Hillblom's seaplane crashed at sea near Saipan, he left a vast range of assets that included part-ownership of international courier business DHL. He was the "H" in DHL.

He also left millions of dollars in shareholder interest in Continental Airlines, a hotel in Vietnam and other pieces of real estate in Europe, the mainland United States and Asia.

The charges of bribery and possession of an amphetamine-based substance are third-degree felonies, but for a first-time offender, the penalty can range from zero to five years in prison. The fine can be up to $5,000.

The two other charges against Hillbroom are driving under the influence of a controlled substance, which is a misdemeanor; and possession of a Schedule I substance, in connection with the confiscation of less than an ounce of marijuana, according to court documents.

September 27, 2008

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